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Community Programme

Community Programme

Our programme is based on the Science Capital concept, which helps us understand patterns in science participation – why some people engage with science and others do not – and we proactively promote gender balance and equality. Aberdeen Science Centre activities are specifically tailored to increase science capital and develop life skills.

We have worked with a range of community groups including Family Learning, Alcohol and Drugs Action and the Prince’s Trust.

The Community Programme includes workshops for stages 2 – 4 as well as activities designed for adult groups.

Our Workshops

The Community Programme includes workshops for key stages 2 – 4 as well as activities designed for adult groups. The key stages listed are a guide, it is possible to deliver workshops to a younger or older audience. Please note this is not an exhaustive list of what we can offer, our school workshops can also be adapted and delivered to community groups on request – please speak to the team for more information.

Superhero Nutrition

Key stages – 2,3,4, Adult
Communication · Critical Thinking · Numeracy · Personal Development · Wellbeing

Food provides our bodies with energy to grow, play and be healthy. Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and wellbeing. In this interactive workshop, we explore some cool nutritional facts. We discuss how to use nutrition facts labels, measure portion sizes and how to make smarter and healthier food choices. You will then use this information to create the best diet plan for your favourite superhero!

Explore Your Universe

Key stages – 2
Communication · Confidence · Creativity · Critical Thinking · Literacy · Numeracy · Problem Solving · Teamwork

Developed in association with UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and Science & Technology Facilities Council
Imagine you were an alien. How would you breathe? What planet would you live on? What would your house look like? In this workshop we will explore Earth’s solar system and beyond. We will explore how the planets move, how light travels, how technology allows us to explore space and much more.

The Science of Mental Health

Key stages – 3, 4, Adult
Communication · Confidence · Emotional Wellbeing · Personal Development · Teamwork

An informal workshop looking at the what’s, whys and how’s of mental health and mental illness. This interactive session tackles stigma and pre-conceived ideas about mental illness. Discover the complexity of the brain and explore our understanding of the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions.

Looking after your mental health

Key stages – 3, 4, Adult
Communication · Confidence · Emotional Wellbeing · Personal Development · Teamwork

We all know it’s important to look after our physical health, but how much attention do we give our mental health? Mental health can affect our productivity, happiness and even the chances of suffering from certain illnesses. In this fun, interactive workshop we explore the science behind self-care with particular focus on the importance of sleep, nutrition, and exercise.

Engineering Enterprise

Key stages – 2,3,4, Adult
Communication · Confidence · Creativity · Critical Thinking · Literacy · Numeracy · Problem Solving · Teamwork

Have you ever thought about what Engineers make? What types of engineers there are? Who do engineers work with? Do they all wear hard hats and boiler suits? In this workshop, participants will work in teams and practice different roles within an Engineering Enterprise. There will be board meetings, advertising campaigns, building of prototypes and eventually we will see if anybody will buy the designs…

Renewable Energy: Power the Future

Key stages – 2, 3
Developed in association with our Digital Futures Partner, Equinor and Aberdeenshire Council.

This workshop explores the benefits and sustainability of renewable energy sources with fun and engaging activities which allow students to develop teamwork and learn about different types of renewable energy.

Spaceports

Key stages – 2, 3
Numeracy · Literacy · Investigative skills · Critical thinking · Confidence · Communication

From mapping the depths of the world’s oceans and measuring global temperatures, to instant credit card authorisation, small satellites support a host of important applications that we rely on every second of every day. As our demand for this type of data increases, so too will demand for small satellites, which need to be launched into space from somewhere. Join Aberdeen Science Centre’s team and explore the UK’s world leading Space Science and Technology sector.

Our Digital Workshops

ASC have developed some fantastic digital storytimes and workshops which consist of pre-recorded videos and activities for 3 – 14 year olds. Note ages are suggested solely as a guide. See our collection below:

Sciencey Storytime - On the Moon

Age 3 – 6*

‘On the Moon’ by Anna Milbourne and Benji Davis takes children on a journey to the moon, giving them a glimpse of what it would be like to fly into outer space, walk on the moon and look back at earth. The story is narrated by Roseanne (Community Engagement Coordinator) and children will also have the opportunity to discover gravity through a range of  activities through the workshop link.

For more information and to book click here

* ages suggested solely as a guide

Sciencey Storytime - Duck! Rabbit!

Age 3 – 6*

‘On the Moon’ by Anna Milbourne and Benji Davis takes children on a journey to the moon, giving them a glimpse of what it would be like to fly into outer space, walk on the moon and look back at earth. The story is narrated by Roseanne (Community Engagement Coordinator) and children will also have the opportunity to discover gravity through a range of  activities through the workshop link.

For more information and to book click here

* ages suggested solely as a guide

 

Store Cupboard Science 1

Age 7 – 12*

Ready to make your very own volcano erupt? Check the acidity of household liquids using cabbage juice? And test the effects of washing your hands on making fruit you’ve touched go yucky? Using materials found in your cupboard at home, join the Aberdeen Science Centre team for this interactive, science filled workshop.

For more information and to book click here

* ages suggested solely as a guide

 

Store Cupboard Science 2

Ready to make some slime? Plant seeds from sources around the home (who knew lentils could grow?) And take a closer look at our constellations using your homemade projector! Join the Aberdeen Science Centre team online and take part in a host of interactive activities, using items and materials from your store cupboard!

For more information and to book click here

* ages suggested solely as a guide

Spaceports

Ages 9-14*

 

The space industry in the UK is growing. Science and new technologies are helping pave the way for new discoveries and innovative ways of exploring. Play with microgravity, build your own satellite and find out more about satellite application, as well as a whole host of other interactive programmes. 

For more information and to book click here

* ages suggested solely as a guide

If you run, support or work for a community group that could benefit from one of our workshops or activities, please get in touch. Certain groups may be eligible for full or partial funding.

 

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